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Natives feast on noxious species good news for Wimmera River fishing

Bruce MacInnes traps a carp from a display tank at the Horsham Fishing Competition.

By DEAN LAWSON Catch results at Horsham Fishing Competition have revealed a surprising downturn in carp domination of the Wimmera River in the region’s capital. Regional catchment leader David Brennan said the size, number and types of fish caught in the contest had again provided important and encouraging information about river characteristics and health. He […]

Wetland closures for duck-hunting season opening

Authorities have included lakes near Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and Donald among wetland closures for the opening of duck-hunting season this weekend. Lake Lonsdale near Stawell and Round Lake near Donald are completely off limits to hunting and Lake Bolac south of Ararat and Pine Lake, southeast of Horsham, are only open to shoreline hunting. Restrictions […]

On and off for algal blooms

Results from busy blue-green algae-monitoring programs across the region continue to frustrate recreational water enthusiasts. Despite conditions prompting authorities to lift algae warnings at some lakes and impoundments, they are generating new or persistent warnings at others. GWMWater has confirmed an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae is over for Lake Toolondo south of Horsham. But […]

Grampians are our responsibility

The Pinnacle lookout.

The Wimmera is a vast and beautiful place. From its iconic, sprawling wheat fields to the arid scrubland of Little Desert National Park to its many lakes and rivers, the Wimmera is as diverse as it is picturesque. And perhaps nowhere else in our region is so much beauty so spectacularly distilled than in the […]

Cultural diversity to be celebrated

Hindmarsh Shire Council and West Wimmera Health Service are working together to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week in 2019. The theme of this year’s event, from March 16 to 24 is ‘Proud to Belong – Your Story, Your Generation’. Hindmarsh mayor Ron Ismay said the week was a way of celebrating multiculturalism and diversity. “We extend […]

AG LIFE Wimmera Machinery Field Days: Rosellas providing insight into climate

One of the great privileges of living on or being able to visit farms in the Wimmera is the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. From the region’s wide-open plains to the wetlands and mountain country, the Wimmera-Mallee is home to a variety of plants and animals. Matching the diversity of […]

Parks Victoria implements Grampians climbing ban

Parks Victoria has committed to working with rock-climbing groups to find a compromise after a ban on climbing to protect Aboriginal heritage sites in Grampians National Park.

Algae outbreak at Ararat lake

Outbreaks of blue-green algae continue to play havoc with recreational water users across the region with latest warnings coming from Alexandra Lake in the heart of Ararat. Ararat Rural City Council staff have erected signs at the lake after tests revealed the presence of the potentially toxic algae. Signs warning of blue-green algae have been […]

Bulgana Green Power Hub works on schedule

Work is progressing on Bulgana Green Power Hub near Stawell with the project’s first wind tower up and pre-construction of 11 others expected by the end of the week. Contractors have erected the first of 56 wind-turbine towers on Landsborough Road at Landsborough. The power hub, driven by renewable-energy company Neoen, represents a world-first project […]

New river outlook at bridge

Motorists travelling across the Wimmera River in Horsham are gaining early insight into how municipal leaders are exploring ways of improving the city’s connectivity to the river. Horsham Rural Council has been busy clearing a riverbank area on the eastern side of Wimmera Bridge as part of a beautification project. The project, which has involved […]


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